Amanda Knox is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author (her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was published by HarperCollins on April 30th, 2013). She is currently studying creative writing at the University of Washington in her hometown, Seattle. She is fluent in Italian. Her favorite books are, in no particular order: Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers, The Name of the Rose and The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Vladimir Nabokov’s short stories, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales…
Amanda is, involuntarily, a public persona, known as a defendant in the internationally infamous and controversial trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Amanda was 20 years old and studying abroad in Perugia, Italy for little over a month when her 21-year-old British roommate, Meredith, was found brutally stabbed to death in her bedroom. After four days of questioning Amanda was arrested and imprisoned alongside her boyfriend of a week, 23-year-old Raffaele Sollecito. Amanda and Raffaele spent the next four years defending themselves against a fervid prosecution which insisted upon unsubstantiated character portrayals of depravity and violence and their involvement in the murder despite lack of physical evidence placing Amanda and Raffaele at the scene of the crime. This, in contrast to the copious physical evidence demonstrating the presence and participation of a separate defendant, 20-year-old drifter Rudy Guede. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted in December 2009, then acquitted on appeal in October 2011 when court-appointed forensic experts determined the key evidence used against them was unreliable. They were immediately released from prison and Amanda returned to the United States. In March 2013 the Italian Court of Cassation annulled all previous verdicts and ordered a new review of the case. In January 2014 the new appeals court reinstated the guilty verdicts despite no introduction of any new incriminating evidence. Amanda and Raffaele continue to profess their innocence and will appeal again to Italy’s Court of Cassation.
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